tv Reporter - The Last Ice Merchant of Chimborazo Deutsche Welle January 15, 2018 5:02am-5:15am CET
moments that right before. it's all about the stories in so. it's all about george chance to discover the world from different perspectives. join us immediately sponsored by distinctive instagram murders at g.w. stories topics each week on instagram. desirable scott is one of the doors and last ice merchants are now seventy four he cut sound ice blocks by hand from the chimborazo glacier to sell at the local market but modern refrigeration technology and climate change pose a threat to this profession nevertheless baltazar is determined to pass this time honored tradition on to the younger generation.
twice a week but azhar sets out to scale the highest mountain in ecuador. so. it's rush hour of sorts in the village of pulling me at the foot of the dormant volcano in the end nice. but his own has been practicing the profession since he was fifteen. back then he had to rent the donkey's he used to reach trick but a few years ago he received three years a gift from a local t.v.
station. each of my friends here as a native so i don't forget them. we didn't saw on. buggers our doesn't wear socks he stuffs his boots with grassy fronds along the way . going to reweigh of course i mean i always hope nothing happens to us and so we can hike in peace. we pray to the mountain to our father. that we will arrive safely at the ice mines because there are more. to the people here jim but also is more than just a six thousand three hundred metre high pull kaino. many revere it as a spiritual force. it's a difficult journey. the higher he goes the thinner the air and as climate change
melts away the glacier but desire has to climb higher to find the precious ice. eventually as the donkey he's tired but as our has to make the final stretch on fort. he still uses the same technique that previous science merchants. did two hundred years ago. and as you think would climb up here in large groups and sell their rice across the country. now is the only arrow the. refrigerators might have made his job largely redundant but too bad. they could never match genuine glacial ice.
the return journey down the mountain this time around ford takes another four hours . but he's not done yet. after arriving at the village but as our continues on to the provincial capital of rio bomba where he'll sell the ice at the market. but as our earns five dollars for each blocky sells. he uses part of his earnings to pay for the car he has to rent to get to the market.
jim but also province is well known for its rich cultural traditions and his own too many indigenous keech what people. but unemployment is high and poverty widespread. change. a growing number of farmers are leaving their old homes for the cities in order to support their families. customers greatly appreciate juices made with glacial ice it's said to even have healing properties. to top up his meager income but as are also works at a museum once a week in the city of quanah. he's become something of
a celebrity across ecuador former president rafael correa once honored him and called his profession part of the national culture. heritage yeah. you know me my name is. tennis aka. i'm the get out oh from also. this guy's big and handsome. he will never die when i die you still have him. his daughter carmen help son at the museum. i hope you won't be the last your little i hope someday his sons and grandsons will follow in his footsteps it doesn't pay well so young people don't like doing the work but i desperately want this tradition to stay alive it's a pity that it you that me but. when barges are isn't scaling jim but i'm sure there's still plenty to do at home too. he lives with his children and
grandchildren hurting animals and farming potatoes his wife passed away five years ago. they demanded two of my brothers died from drinking too much. money for my father too he died from too much alcohol. and my dad was an old beat of. he grew up as he got out o. now but on a has passed on to us. the. bunches are never rests a while back he had his first accident on the mountain a block of ice trail on his foot. after that he had to sit still and home for months. when i get up i felt.
when i was at home i felt really sad and tired. but now it's much better and i'm dancing again. since parker's arms accident his son in law one has been accompanying him regularly. well is this crash ok for packing. show not sure how to do it this is how let me show you. which donkey will use the one over the. ok. i got seven packs a straw at the journey in such a do you. feel. you have to pull the rope tighter. otherwise it will fall off. yesterday you broke a tool. i want to fix it but i made it worse. when
they're out on their own the to speak the indigenous and language. you need a metal bar. no need to work with a pick up first. about a czar is losing his hearing so one often needs to shout one is married to but his eyes daughter carmen. he wants to learn the centuries old tradition directly from the master and self one is also a farmer other work options from the area are few and far between. five. ft.
i've heard a lot from him. about the ice cut the ice cubes. packed them up. and then you load it onto the donkey and transporters down to. the butt. who would damn donkey. i forgot the blind us. the boat is a dangerous they could fall. you know but i promise i'll be careful. what if they really do fall.
with him it is by no it doesn't pay well but we can't give up hope we have to preserve our ancestors traditions. for the generations to come in the years that i've been showing them to both of us. but as our own for his part we'll keep bringing ice from the glacier down to the valley as long as his feet will carry him . beat the germans new and surprising aspects of license culture in germany. us american keep new side take a look at germany the simplicities at their traditions every day drives and language there's a lot of my thoughts are so i'm. good. guy a d w dot com the germans.
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